Digital Media

Three main things will be considered when evaluating a student’s design work:

 

Effort - visible in the work and/or demonstrated in class; spend quality time on your work!

Creativity - how original your work is

Following Directions - did you explore the assignment as given?

SUPPLY LIST FOR

Digital & Interactive Media

Pen /Pencil

1 Subject Notebook

2-inch 3-ring binder

8GB Flash Drive

Class Syllabus|Rules

1st 6 Weeks

Technology Use

 

Students should have all devices on silent mode and put away when I am teaching. If you are doing independent work you may listen to music with one ear-bud in your ear.

 

GRADING POLICY

 

Student grades for this course will be calculated according to the following percentages:

  • 50% Major projects
  • 50% Small Projects / Practice Assignments
  • On time maximum credit: 100%
  • Late work maximum credit: 70% (10 points off per day late)

 

COURSE OBJECTIVES

 

As a result of taking this class, you should be able to:

Work professionally within a design team.

Identify numerous design and multimedia careers which are available.

Evaluate designs (your work and others’) for audience, meaning, and effectiveness.

Use the elements and principles of design in a decisive fashion.

Create digital graphics and work with images.

Create attractive layouts that communicate messages effectively.

Use color to communicate ideas to others.

Use typography effectively in a design.

 

In addition to the comprehensive objectives, you should be able to:

Use Adobe Illustrator to create illustrations, logos, and graphics.

Use Adobe Photoshop to edit photographs, create artistic imagery, and  create graphics.

Use Adobe InDesign to create publications such as advertisements and brochures.

  • Use Adobe Flash Professional to create an animation.

 

How Do I Make Up Missing or Incomplete Work?

You are expected to keep up with lessons and projects in class. Keep track of course assignments and due dates at this website. Late or incomplete work can be turned in during the same six weeks for a reduced score of 10 points per day. If the work is late due to an excused absence, you will have one extra school day per day of excused absence to complete it without a reduction in grade.

Please let me know as soon as you have submitted a late assignment. Otherwise I will not know to look for it.

 

Open Lab - the lab is open at 8:00 am every morning for students to come in and work.

 

Design Room Rules

Refer to the Student Handbook for school-wide rules. We have design room rules too:

1. Don’t prevent me from teaching.

2. Don’t prevent others from learning.

3. Be safe.

4. Keep things clean.

 

What Do those 4 Rules Really Mean Day-to-Day?

Here are some examples to show you what I mean. These are examples. Use your common sense when interpreting these rules.

Don’t prevent me from teaching.

• Don’t speak while I am instructing the class.

• Raise your hand if you wish to speak, and wait for me to call on you.

• Don’t interrupt when I am giving personal attention to another student.

Don’t prevent others from learning.

• Don’t behave in a disruptive or distracting way.

• Don’t engage in lengthy off-topic conversations.

• Keep the volume of your voice down.

• No singing, rapping, or other disruptive noises.

Be safe.

• Don’t throw, toss, flick, or roll anything across the table, floor, or classroom.

• Don’t roll across the classroom in your chair.

• Use classroom materials in a safe manner.

• Don’t behave in any way that threatens harm to anyone or our equipment.

Keep things clean.

• Clean up after yourself so your station is ready for the next student.

• Return classroom materials to the proper storage place.

• Don’t eat messy things that can leave residue on the computers.

• Keep your language clean.

Professional Skills Grade

It is my job to help you develop positive work behaviors and personal qualities needed to be employable by demonstrating skills related to seeking employment, creating work samples and earning certifications. Each week you will earn a "professional skills grade" for your professional conduct in class by following the Design Room Rules and following the 4 Rules detailed above.

Week 1 - August 28 - September 1

Monday

  • Complete the "Who Am I" assignment, be sure to include a picture. (Your picture can be taken on the computer.)
  • Click on Tools --> Add Text to type your information
  • Press F4 on your keyboard and open Photo Booth to take your picture.
  • To put your picture in your document Tools --> Add Image --> Photos --> select your image
  • You can use the crop tool to crop your image, press RETURN when you are done.
  • Print your document to "B122-Dell3130-Color", staple and turn into the tray.
    NOTE: if we can not log on to the computers you will do this on paper and add you picture later.

Please take your time and answer the following questions. Be sure to put a page header on your paper BEFORE printing.

Note: if we can not do this on the computers you will write this on your own paper.

  • Name
  • ID #
  • Class Period
  • Assignment Name: Background Info

  1. Why did you sign up for this class?
  2. What do you think this class is about?
  3. What are you hoping to learn in this class?
  4. What skills do you have already that you think will help you with this class?

 

Tuesday - Create a Word Cloud About Yourself

  1. Type up Descriptive names in Word (Include your first Name ONLY, no less than 12, no more than 20) or how you think people would describe you – also include your dream career, university/College, and Major – These are separate from the 12 words mentioned above.
  2. Use either Wordle or Tagxedo to create, review, edit, complete and finally print your word cloud.
  3. Video tutorials for Wordle and Tagxedo can be found int he DIM assignments folder on the share drive.

 

 

Wednesday - Cool Careers: Graphic Designer & Multimedia Designer

 

Students will research career areas in design and/or print production and then will research the job/field of their choice & create an Adobe Spark over the information and present their research to the class.

The report will cover:

  • specific job description and qualifications, expected skill set, expected technical knowledge, necessary training,
  • the educational background needed (educational needs, cost, time (how long will the degree take), school options (where the programs are offered)(best schools for that program), loans)
  • certification/exams needed
  • experience needed

 

NOTE: You may collect websites containing specific job-related information and, if appropriate, link to them within their portfolios.

 

Career areas include (you are not limited to this list in your research):

  • Graphic Designer
  • Multimedia artist
  • Multimedia animator
  • Photographer
  • Web Developer
  • Web Designer
  • Digital Media Specialist
  • Digital Media Strategist
  • Game Designer

 

Presentations will be on Tuesday, September 5th.

Friday - Continue Research

 

Students will research career areas in design and/or print production and then will research the job/field of their choice & create an Adobe Spark over the information and present their research to the class.

The report will cover:

  • specific job description and qualifications, expected skill set, expected technical knowledge, necessary training,
  • the educational background needed (educational needs, cost, time (how long will the degree take), school options (where the programs are offered)(best schools for that program), loans)
  • certification/exams needed
  • experience needed

 

NOTE: You may collect websites containing specific job-related information and, if appropriate, link to them within their portfolios.

 

Career areas include (you are not limited to this list in your research):

 

  • Creative/art director
  • Print production manager or coordinator
  • Book designer
  • Book jacket designer
  • Layout artist
  • Logo designer
  • Brand identity designer
  • Illustrator
  • Photo editor/Photoshop artist
  • Photographer
  • Prepress technician

 

Share your project and send me a link to your project debra.keller@nisd.net

 

 

Week 2 - September 5 - September 8

Monday, August 29th - Career Presentations

Students will begin presenting their Adobe Spark presentations on a career in the field of graphic design.

 

Tuesday, August 30th - Career Presentations

Students will continue presenting their Adobe Spark presentations on a career in the field of graphic design.

 

Wednesday  - Intro to Typography

 

Resources about Typography

10 Infographics That Will Teach You About Typography

 

Assignment:

In your spiral, brainstorm 5 quotes / poems / lyrics to create a poster just using typography.
Identify the target the audience and what kind of message you want to convey for each of the quotes / poems / lyrics.
Then, indicate which one of the ideas you will create into a typography poster. Turn your brainstorm into the tray with your name and class period on it.

Thursday & Friday - Design a Typography Poster

 

  1. Login to spark.adobe.com and create an Adobe Post, you will be creating a poster for each quote.
  2. Create an Adobe Post document with the following settings:
    • Start from Scratch
    • Pick a Graphic Size --> Poster
    • Create your Typography Poster
    Share and then Download your document
  3. Change the file names to the following:
    LastnameF_TypographyPoster#1, LastnameF_TypographyPoster#2, LastnameF_TypographyPoster#3, LastnameF_TypographyPoster#4, LastnameF_TypographyPoster#5
  4. Print your posters to the B122-HP750-Color printer to turn in, make sure your name is on it!
  5. Turn your document into the TurnIn folder for your class period on Warren Photo.
  6. You will be graded on how well you follow instructions, your creativity, use of fonts and use of color. This assignment is due by the end of class on Tuesday, September 12th.

TYPOGRAPHY EXAMPLES

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Week 3 - September 11 - September 15

Monday - Continue Designing your Typography Posters

 

  1. Login to spark.adobe.com and create an Adobe Post, you will be creating a poster for each quote.
  2. Create an Adobe Post document with the following settings:
    • Start from Scratch
    • Pick a Graphic Size --> Poster
    • Create your Typography Poster
    Share and then Download your document
  3. Change the file names to the following:
    LastnameF_TypographyPoster#1, LastnameF_TypographyPoster#2, LastnameF_TypographyPoster#3, LastnameF_TypographyPoster#4, LastnameF_TypographyPoster#5
  4. Print your posters to the B122-HP750-Color printer to turn in, make sure your name is on it!
  5. Turn your document into the TurnIn folder for your class period on Warren Photo.
  6. You will be graded on how well you follow instructions, your creativity, use of fonts and use of color. This assignment is due by the end of class on Tuesday, September 12th.

 

Wednesday  - Begin Drawing in Adobe Illustrator

If you have not completed your typography poster finish that today!

The foundation for any good digital illustrator is being able to draw. Today you will begin learning how to draw in Adobe Illustrator.  Adobe Illustrator is a vector drawing program that will allow you to create scalable graphics.

The image on the left is a raster or bitmap image, the one on the right is a vector.

The image on the right is a raster or bitmap image, the one on the left is a vector.

You will learn the following:

  • the Workspace
  • drawing with shapes (Rectangle Tool (M), Ellipse Tool (L), Polygon Tool, Line Segment Tool, Arc Tool)
  • the selection tools (Selection Tool (V), Direct Selection Tool (A))
  • merging shapes with the Shape Builder Tool (Shift+M)
  • shaping corners and line segments with the Convert Anchor Tool (Shift+C)
  1. After watching the video open the file titled Illustrator_practice1.ai from the Digital & Interactive Media assignments folder.
  2. Choose File --> Save As to add your LastnameF_ to the file name (example KellerD_Illustrator_Practice1.ai) and change the location to save to your folder.
  3. You will print your document and turn in a hard copy to the tray for your class period.

 

Thursday - The Pen Tool

Learn to Draw with the Pen Tool in Illustrator

The Pen Tool (P) is probably the hardest tool to learn in Adobe Illustrator but ultimately the most rewarding because in the end it will save you many steps. Also, your artwork will look much more professional with more distinct lines, curves and corners.

You will learn the following:

  • the Pen Tool (P) (Add & Subtract points)
  • work with the Alt/Option key while drawing to modify the shape of your line while you draw
  • create/name Layers in the Layers Panel
  • open a Swatch Library
  • continue using the Selection Tool (V), Direct Selection Tool (A) and the Convert Anchor Tool (Shift+C)
  1. Watch the following video as you work through the following exercises:
  • 01Pen.ai--> Save As --> LastnameF_01Pen.ai
  • 02Curves.ai--> Save As --> LastnameF_02Curves.ai
  • 03Shapes.ai--> Save As --> LastnameF_03Shapes.ai

Friday - Finish Learning the Pen Tool

Be sure all of the following exercises are turned in to the TurnIn folder:

  • 01Pen.ai--> Save As --> LastnameF_01Pen.ai
  • 02Curves.ai--> Save As --> LastnameF_02Curves.ai
  • 03Shapes.ai--> Save As --> LastnameF_03Shapes.ai

 

Week 4 - September 18 - September 22

Monday through Thursday - Project Original Graphics for a Zoo

Color Theory Vocabulary

ComplementaryComposed of two colors directly opposite each other on the color wheel.HueHue is the color name as it appears in the color wheel: it classifies the color as primary color (red, blue or yellow) or secondary colors (green, orange, or purple) and so on. Hue doesn't indicate whether the color is dark or light, strong or weak.MonochromaticComposed of one hue in many values and intensities.Primary ColorsThe three primary colors are red, blue, and yellow; they cannot be made by mixing any other colors.Secondary ColorsThe three secondary colors are made by combining two primary colors: red + yellow = orange; blue + yellow = green; and red + blue = violet ValueValue is the lightness or darkness of a color, and it?s probably the most important dimension. Interior spaces need contrasting values in order to feel comfortable, and to show related within elements. Values of one single interior should be related together in order not to blend two objects of a similar value.ComplementaryHueMonochromaticPrimary ColorsSecondary ColorsValue

Review the following video about color theory

  1. You will be designing graphics for a zoo and will work in teams of four for this project. Read the following letter from the zoo about your project. CLICK HERE
  2. Create a document electronically using Google Docs so that all members can edit it together. Document should have a T-chart with things they Know about the project on the left and things they Need To Know (questions) about the project on the right.
  3. As a class we will review any of your "Need to Knows"
  4. As a group begin to research designs for your animals and which animals you will design. Each member of the group will be responsible for drawing one animal. The group needs to determine a design style so they look cohesive together.
  5. Print and turn in your T-chart to the tray for your class. Be sure to put all the names of the members of your group on your paper.

 

Zoo Animal Graphics: Thumbnail Sketching

  1. You will have todays class  to produce sketches, work quickly and don't over think your designs. This is rapid concept development.
  2. You  should fill up your page(s) with at least 8 or more different sketches by the end of class.
  3. Keep in mind what you need to communicate in your logo:
  4. When complete turn in your sketches, be sure your name is on the paper.

 

Friday - Project Original Graphics for a Zoo

Finalize Ideas & Final Drawings Group Work

 

Finalize Idea:

 

With all of the sketches students have done, in many different styles, groups need to get together and decide what style they want to make all of their animals in. This will take time and collaboration for students to work together and come to a final agreement. It is up to groups what style they want to make their animals in, but everyone needs to decide on the same style. All animals should look like they belong with each other.

 

Final Drawing:

 

After groups have finalized their idea, each student needs to make a final drawing of his/her animal in the style chosen by the group. Unlike the sketches, the final drawing should be clean and accurate. Final drawing should be checked off by teacher. Examples of one group's final drawings are attached.

 

Need more help in Illustrator before tracing your sketch?  Take a look at these exercises.

Create with drawing tools - Learn the basics of using the drawing tools in Adobe Illustrator CC, including how to use the Pencil and Curvature tools, how to edit paths, and more.

Week 5 - September 25- September 29

Monday - Project Original Graphics for a Zoo

 

Need more help in Illustrator before tracing your sketch?  Take a look at these exercises.

Create with drawing tools - Learn the basics of using the drawing tools in Adobe Illustrator CC, including how to use the Pencil and Curvature tools, how to edit paths, and more.

Continue to Finalize Ideas & Final Drawings Group Work

 

Finalize Idea:

 

With all of the sketches students have done, in many different styles, groups need to get together and decide what style they want to make all of their animals in. This will take time and collaboration for students to work together and come to a final agreement. It is up to groups what style they want to make their animals in, but everyone needs to decide on the same style. All animals should look like they belong with each other.

 

Final Drawing:

 

After groups have finalized their idea, each student needs to make a final drawing of his/her animal in the style chosen by the group. Unlike the sketches, the final drawing should be clean and accurate. Final drawing should be checked off by teacher. Examples of one group's final drawings are attached.

 

Example:

 

Tuesday - Project Original Graphics for a Zoo

Illustrator Animal Independent Practice

 

After finals drawings have been checked off, students can start making their animal in Illustrator.

 

Required Materials:

  • Final hand drawn animal
  • Scanner
  • Computer
  • Illustrator

 

Process:

  • Scan drawing onto computer
  • Create a new Illustrator document
  • Place scanned image into document
  • In the same way that students traced over the character for Practice 3 from the "Illustrator Practice" unit, they will trace over their scanned hand drawn image using the pen tool, creating a vectorized version of their animal in black and white only (See "Illustrator Practice" unit for further information)

 

When students are done with their animal in Illustrator, ask your group members for feedback. When you think you are done call me over to provide feedback, I will be zooming in close and pointing out areas that need to be edited and cleaned up. You should go through 2 or 3 rounds of editing and touching up animals until they are checked off.

 

When all group members have their animal graphics completed, look at all of their animals as a group (these can be on the computer screen or printed out). The animals should look like a cohesive set. If there are elements that need editing and changing to make them look more in the same style, now is the time to do it.

 

Saving your Adobe Illustrator Project

 

File --> Export (Export Dialog box opens)

Choose Format --> PNG then click Export

 

Illustrator Animal

 

Work is being evaluated on use of Illustrator and use of pen tool. It is also being assessed for cleanliness and detail. Once the work is of good enough quality, the student should get checked off.

 

Wednesday - Project Original Graphics for a Zoo

Complete Illustrator Animal Independent Practice

 

Thursday - Project Original Graphics for a Zoo

Creating a Pitch for Zoo Presentation

 

You will now create a pitch to "sell" your design. Their is a rubric (attached) for the project that students should reference when creating their pitch.

 

You can use whatever software you would like for creating your pitch (Prezi, Google Presentation, PowerPoint, Keynote, etc.).

 

Your pitch should include the name of each member of your group and the graphic of each animal created in Illustrator.

 

Groups will present to the class. See Grading Below:

 

Friday - Project Original Graphics for a Zoo

Groups Present Pitch for Zoo

Week 6 - October 25 - October 29

Monday - Project Original Graphics for a Zoo

Complete Group Presentations - Pitch for Zoo

 

Tuesday - Create a T-Shirt Design thru Friday

Using the skills you have learned in Adobe Illustrator you will design a custom t-shirt.

On the handout complete the following steps:

  • Step 1: Come up with an original idea. Your idea should be an illustration, with text incorporated into your design.
  • Step 2: Complete four thumbnail sketch ideas of your design.
  • Step 3: Complete the sketch you like the most as a design in Adobe Illustrator.
  • Create a new Adobe Illustrator document from a Template. (File -->New from Template...)
  • Template: T-shirt
  • Name: LastnameF_T-shirt.ai
  • Turn in completed design to the TurnIn folder electronically and print a hard copy to turn in to the tray for your class period, be sure to type your name on it before printing.
  • Due Friday (can not be turned in late, last grade of the 6 weeks)

 

On Wednesday I will share some additional tips/techniques you can use in Illustrator.

  • Shapebuilder tool - combine shapes/letters
  • Pathfinder Panel - cutout shapes
  • Masking - put texture inside text
  • Reflect - copy and flip what you have drawn to duplicate the image
  • Pencil tool with Wacom tablet

 

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